A few places where you can pre-order the Wii U

That certainly didn’t take long. Hours after Nintendo announced the availability date and pricing for their upcoming Wii U console, Gamestop has already begun taking preorders. They were the first, several hours ahead of the others. Best Buy and Toys “R” Us have also begun their preorders.

The Wii U will come in two flavors at launch: a black, 32GB model, and a white 8GB system. The white system will be $299 and the black with additional storage capacity will run you a $50 premium. 64 days from now, you could have a glossy new console in your home. The question between now and then will be: will it be sold out everywhere this holiday season? Should you get your preorders done now and hope to get a console before you’re stuck without one? Or will you wait and try your luck, and believe that this generation of Nintendo console isn’t as big of a deal as the last? Although I’m certainly not expecting it to live up to the hype of the Wii, which was “hard to get” for three holiday seasons in a row, I would expect it to be a top ticket item this year.

As of the time of publication, we’re still waiting for Amazon’s preorder page to go live, but we’ll be sure to update with a link when it becomes available.

Introducing page translations…

I’ve been watching my stats, and although the extreme majority of traffic to my website is obviously from the US and UK, as well as other English-as-a-first-language nations, more and more visitors who don’t speak English natively are finding their way to this little website. I can even see some of the translation sites showing up in my traffic logs. Well, thanks to a plugin from WordPress community developer lovelucy, every post now has a “Translate” link near the bottom, next to the various social networking “share” buttons. It’s powered by Bing Translator and appears to work pretty well. I hope this helps some of you, and if anyone has any questions or suggestions for making the site easier to access internationally, please leave a comment or contact me and let me know!

GoDaddy's big or bigger blunder?

So earlier this week the world saw what would happen if GoDaddy were to suddenly close up shop and leave town. Reports spread quickly, and an a member of “Anonymous” stepped forward saying he is the one who brought GoDaddy to their knees.

Although this may or may not be true, GoDaddy emphatically and categorically denies that such a thing happened. They say an internal error caused the several hour outage.

My co-workers and I crunched a few numbers yesterday and it could be said that GoDaddy is affiliated with some 30 million domain names, if we looked at the right information. Maybe more, maybe less… But would it really matter? Would you like to admit that a mistake, one wrong keystroke, brought down such a huge chunk of the internet? Or would you rather hope that your customers are sympathetic to your plight, that you were an unfair target and they were the collateral damage of a DDOS attack by “some nasty hackers.”

Was their mistake causing their own problem? Or was their bigger mistake admitting it? Does that open them up to a wider swath of people who want to leverage a class action lawsuit against them? They may have had a lawsuit dropped on them either way, in fact you can nearly be certain it will happen, but will more people be likely to pile on without remorse knowing that GoDaddy themselves caused the issue? It’s hard to say for sure, but I think GoDaddy may have slipped up big, this time.